The future development and regeneration of 150 hectares of former industrial land in the Staveley area of Chesterfield is a long term vision to remove industrial dereliction and improves the landscape at the same time as creating an opportunity for new housing, significant employment opportunities and green infrastructure. The development will also improve the linkages between existing communities.
The objectives are to:
- Create new employment opportunities
- Develop a range of high quality house types
- Improve connections between Barrow Hill, Staveley and Hollingwood
- Enhance tourism and leisure opportunities
- Provide an integrated transport network including public transport provision, enhanced footpath and cycle provision and an agreed programme of highways improvements
- Enhance the natural environment
Staveley Town Deal
Over £25m worth of projects which will benefit Staveley residents for generations to come have been given the official go ahead, after Government approved the package of all eleven projects within the Staveley Town Deal Programme.
It is a significant milestone for the range of projects that will receive funding through the Towns Fund, which are being delivered by a variety of organisations including Chesterfield Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, Staveley Town Council, Barrow Hill Community Trust, Chesterfield Canal Trust, Staveley Miners Welfare Football Club and Tawnywood Ltd.
Together the projects offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to improve the quality of life for residents, create new employment opportunities with higher level skills, ensure it is a place where everyone can be proud to live and guarantee that the town and its residents have a bright future ahead – supporting Staveley as a place to start, stay and grow.
Chesterfield Borough Council is the accountable programme lead but will also be delivering three projects using Town Deal funding.
A round up of the key projects being led by each partner is included below.
Chesterfield Borough Council
The Derbyshire Rail Industry Innovation Vehicle (DRIIVe) is a rail innovation and training centre located in Barrow Hill. It is being developed by the Council in partnership with Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society, Chesterfield Borough Council, the University of Derby, and New Rail (Part of Newcastle University)
Staveley 21 aims to regenerate and revitalise Staveley town centre. It is based around the masterplan developed last year and includes Wi-Fi connectivity and environmental improvements to ensure the town centre is attractive, with a good retail and leisure offering that residents can enjoy.
The final project delivered by Chesterfield Borough Council is the Construction Skills Hub which is a movable construction training centre initially based on a live construction site in Mastin Moor. It is being developed with a training provider and construction sector businesses to ensure people can develop the skills they need for a successful career and be ready to embrace future modern and sustainable construction methods.
Derbyshire County Council
Staveley Waterside is the first phase of a mixed-use development centred around the Staveley Canal Basin. This will include the creation of an access road, pontoons to create moorings, a café and flexible office and workshop space for small businesses.
Wheels to Work is focussed on ensuring everyone can access employment and training opportunities by providing bicycles and e-scooters for those who don’t have access to a private vehicle and have limited transport options. There will also be real time passenger information and EV charge points.
Derbyshire County Council is also leading on the reinstatement of Staveley Railway Station but this is subject to confirmation of funding from the Government to restore the Barrow Hill Line. A decision on this is expected in the near future.
Staveley Town Council
Staveley Town Council is using the funding it has secured to extend the historic Staveley Hall and create a modern events space with an extension to the café and the creation of two flexible events spaces that can be used for informal community events and also business led events.
Barrow Hill Community Trust
Barrow Hill Community Trust is the community development charity for the village of Barrow Hill and surrounding neighbourhoods. It is leading on the refurbishment of Barrow Hill Memorial Hall to create a modern community hub where local residents can access support services and socialise together.
Chesterfield Canal Trust
Chesterfield Canal Trust is restoring the Chesterfield Canal by extending it from the existing limit at Eckington Road. Works include the reconstruction of 850m of canal channel, a new aqueduct over the river Doe Lea, two new bridges, a new lock and 3km of footpath improvements along the towpath and connecting routes to multiuser trails, it complements other works the Trust is undertaking in Renishaw and other areas of the canal.
Hartington Industrial Park
Hartington Industrial Park is a 20-hectare site that has outline planning permission for industrial and warehouse development that will create more local jobs near to the successful Markham Vale site. The funding will support the development of infrastructure and enabling works to bring forward the development.
Staveley Miners Welfare Football Club
Staveley Miners Welfare Football Club is using funding to create a new education space where young people earn BTECs or similar qualifications in sport. It includes the creation of two classrooms above the club house and will also use some funding to improve the car park near to the Chantry Playing Fields.
Staveley Town Centre Draft Vision Master Plan
Improvements to the look, feel and flow of Market Square and High Street in Staveley Town Centre are designed to harness the opportunities presented by wider investment in the town.
The draft plan has been brought forward as part of an ambitious regeneration package being delivered under the Staveley Town Deal programme, which has created a ‘golden opportunity’ to breathe new life into the former mining town for generations to come.
Hartington Industrial Park
A new industrial and warehouse development of approximately 75,000m2 offering design and build units to occupiers’ specifications on lease or for sale. A direct connection to the national rail network is available subject to necessary formal approvals.
Purpose built industrial and warehouse units from 2,000m2 upwards to be made available on a freehold or leasehold basis.
Located off Hall Lane and Farndale Road to the north west of Staveley town centre, approximately 3 miles from Junc 29A of the M1.
Site restoration works ongoing – completion Q1 2022. Infrastructure works over Q2 and Q3 2022. Buildings available from Q1 2023.
Staveley Works Regeneration
The regeneration of the 150-hectare Staveley Works Area will open up the staveley corridor for development, and the recently secured £25m town deal for Staveley shows the scale of opportunities here.
Derbyshire County Council has submitted a £90 million funding application to enable construction of the Chesterfield Staveley Regeneration Route, Midlands Connect has given its support and the application is currently lodged with the Department for Transport for decision. If successful, the funding will need to be defrayed in full by 2025.
The prospect of a HS2 Maintenance Depot – planned as part of the anticipated HS2 Eastern Leg development – helped generate momentum for bringing regeneration and growth, in particular along the former Staveley Works corridor. Following the publication of the Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) in November 2021, Chesterfield Borough Council and local partners will need to work with government to fully understand the implications and future direction of travel.
New Community to be built in Staveley
A planning application has been submitted to build up to 700 new homes as part of a vibrant new community at Staveley in what is one of the biggest regeneration projects in the Chesterfield area.
As well as new two, three and four-bed housing, redevelopment of the 100-acre brownfield site, known as Staveley Works, will include a primary school, a marina on the Chesterfield canal, retail and community facilities, a cycle and footpath network, and new wildlife habitats.
Formerly an iron and steel works, the site will benefit from more than £100m of investment, which will link the communities of Brimington, Hollingwood, Staveley and Barrow Hill. The first homes are expected to be available in around five years time while redevelopment is scheduled to last around ten years in total. During the building and infrastructure work, the development is expected to create around 200 construction jobs. The completed development is expected to support around 800 jobs in the commercial, leisure and education sectors.